Charles H. Chatfield of the City of Tonawanda, a retired carpenter and school custodian, died Sunday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a long illness. He was 81.
Born in Brockway, Pa., he left high school to help support his family, earning his diploma later. He served in the Army Air Forces in England during World War II.
Mr. Chatfield was a carpenter with Recommended Builders in the City of Tonawanda for more than 35 years, retiring in 1988. He also was a custodian in the City of Tonawanda schools, working at the old Junior High School for 17 years until 1979.
He was a member of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion, and a charter member and life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Mount Dora, Fla., where he had a winter home.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Katharyn M. "Kate" Costne; two sons, Charles A. of Homosassa, Fla., and Terrance L. of Cheektowaga; a daughter, Kathleen S. Reynolds of the City of Tonawanda; three brothers, Clyde Jr. of Brockway, Raymond of Lawrenceville, Ga., and John of Erie, Pa.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in John O. Roth Funeral Home, 25 William St., City of Tonawanda. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, Amherst.